First off, let me say I love them. Luna bars, Larabars, Fiber one bars, Pure bars, name your bar, I’ll probably like it. However, I only eat them like once a month. Why? Because they’re so dang small! Three bites and BAM snack time is over. Um, not cool snack bars, not cool.
So naturally. I had to fix this.
I started with Katie’s basic fudge baby recipe. Then I started thinking of ingredients to make it more… voluminous. That’s when I grabbed a box of Fiber One and a box of Kashi’s Whole Grain Puffs. Here’s how things ended up:
Giant Cereal Bars
- 1/4 cup cashews
- 1/2 cup dates (pitted)
- 1/4 cup fiber one
- Dash of salt
- Drop of vanilla (I used vanilla stevia to make it a touch sweeter)
- 1/2 cup Kashi Whole Grain Rice Puffs
Put the cashews, dates, fiber one, salt and vanilla in to your food processor (or Vita!) and blend until it gets to a stiff dough-y consistency.Scoop it out of the blender/processor and drop it on to wax paper. Divide it into three blobs of dough. (That’s the technical term: blob.) You might have to knead it a little bit if it’s not soft, and then just gently knead in the kashi puffs. I kind of rolled mine in the puffs, since the puffs need to kind of stick to the dates. It’s a little tricky at first, and it helps if your dough is a little warm. (Heat from your hands should do the trick.) Once you’re done, you’ll have a slab that’s about twice the size of a larabar.
Since I was feeling super fancy, I melted an Adora calcium disk on top, making it “chocolate covered” Hehe.
See the nutritional stats of a traditional Cashew Cookie Larabar (here)
Check out my Cashew Bar Stats (here) (That’s right, mine have ~80 less calories less and are about twice the size. Yay for more snackage!)
How do you feel about bars? Love ’em? Hate ’em? Can’t get enough of them?